Adventure Ranch Camp

Ajax Adventure Ranch Camp

Welcome to Ajax Adventure Ranch Camp! Nestled in the rocky mountains, surrounded by streams, lakes and mountain peaks, Ajax Adventure Ranch Camp's Tipi village is home to our adventurous sleepaway campers.

Here on the ranch, kids will be given the choice of activities ranging from rock climbing, paddleboarding, archery, fishing, and cowboy paintball to rockets, crafts, survival skills, camping, and barnyard activities. We have 100's of other activities for campers to choose from throughout the summer. Campers will also help raise the ranch pigs, chickens, goats, and other farmyard animals.

This will be a true adventure sleepaway camp where campers, can build new structures and camp traditions while shaping the future of Ajax Adventure Ranch Camp. For campers that like a rustic sleepaway environment with tons of activities, an ever-flowing fun atmosphere, and a true sleepaway experience in the high rockies, this is the place. If campers prefer a sleepaway camp with manicured lawns, maid service, and daily massages, we recommend somewhere in New York.

We offer 8 different week-long sessions throughout the summer (each session begins on a Sunday and ends on a Saturday). Campers may attend up to 4 sessions. Dropoff and pickup is at the Aspen Middle school and we will transport campers to the ranch (1+ hr into the mountains from Aspen). We have one unique session this summer in partnership with the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (the July 10th session); emphasizing wilderness survival skills, animal tracking, and other activities that the experts at ACES will help deliver.

Activities

Rock Climbing
Ranching (pigs, chickens, quails, rabbits, goats, gardens, etc)
Camping
Paddleboards
Cowboy Paintball
Archery
Arts & Crafts
Fishing
Performances and Talent Shows
Animal Tracking
Wilderness Survival Skills
Go-cart building
Polar Bearing
Outdoor cooking
Trebuchets and Catapults
Fly Fishing
Low Ropes Course
Slip & Slide
Astronomy
Rope Swing
100’s More!
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Ajax Adventure Ranch Camp and ACES are partnering for one week during the 2017 summer to not only offer all of the Ajax Adventure Ranch Camp activities, but also offer activities within the following categories:

•Animal Signs and Tracking
•Wilderness Survival Skills
•Naturalist Skills
•Outdoor Education

An ACES Educator will be on-site throughout the week running the additional activities and having tons of fun with all of the campers.

Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES), a non-profit envrionmental science education program founded in 1968, provides programs for all ages in the areas of ecological literacy, sustainable agriculture, forest health, ecosystem resotration, and civic leadership. ACES’ mix of science education and outdoor exploration guarantees an exciting, educational, and memorable summer for all ages! Click to Learn More About ACES

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Ajax Adventure Ranch Camp and Roaring Fork Conservancy are partnering for one week to not only offer all of the Ajax Adventure Ranch Camp activities, but also offer activities within the following categories:

•Fly Tying
•Fly Fishing
•Exploring Rivers and their Critters
•Underwater Animals – Scientific Discovery

A Roaring Fork Conservancy Educator will be on-site during the week to have tons of fun with the campers, help them catch some big fish on home-made flies, and offer watershed exploring, games, and discovery.

Since 1996, Roaring Fork Conservancy has inspired people to explore, value and protect the Roaring Fork Watershed.  They bring people together to protect our rivers and work hard to keep water in local streams, monitor water quality, and preserve riparian habitat. More About Roaring Fork Conservancy

Ajax Adventure Ranch Camp Philosophy

Sleepaway camp is about fun. Sleepaway camp is about making friends. Sleepaway camp is about living in and being part of one of the most amazing communities. Sleepaway camp enriches so many kids lives by creating that magical camp community where kids can truly let loose, be themselves, and have as much fun as possible. At the same time, campers learn valuable skills (practical, physical, and social), that will last a lifetime. The staff and directors at Ajax Adventure Camp love camp because of the experiences they had growing up at sleepaway camp. Over the past decade they have worked to create a day camp (Ajax Adventure Camp) that attempts to mimic the type of activities and community of a sleepaway camp. Now, the genuine sleepaway camp option has arrived. It is with great pride and excitement that Ajax Adventure Camp launches Ajax Adventure Ranch Camp!

We are building out the sleepaway camp with the vision of a Peter Pan village. Rope bridges and ladders. Lights twinkling throughout the forest at night. Songs to sing, s'mores to roast - a taste of never never land but with less work and more play!

We want to encourage all the campers to help build the sleepaway camp of their dreams. If they want to learn to build a rope bridge, or work on painting or carpentry at their Tipi, we will help. Want to try your luck at building a water culvert through your village or a hydro-powered engine? Let's try it! Learning through experimentation and exploration is what we are all about!

Logistics and Packing List

Drop-off and Pick-up will be at the basecamp of the Aspen Middle School. Drop-off is at 1:30 PM on Sunday and Pickup is at 11:30 AM on Saturday. Ages 8-15.

Campers staying multiple sessions are welcome to spend “changeover” day at camp (free of charge)

Clothing
Shirts (4-5)
Shorts (1-2)
Pants (1-2)
Underwear (7)
Long Underwear tops and bottoms (1-2)
Socks (7)
Sweatshirt, Sweater, or Fleece
Warm jacket
Warm hat
Rain gear or poncho
Swimsuit
One set of “nicer” clothes for banquet night.
Gear and Misc.
Warm Sleeping Bag (Rated down to at least 30˚, we recommend a 15˚ rating)
Hat for sun protection
Flashlight or headlamp (important)
Pillow
Sunscreen
Bug Spray
Sturdy shoes (closed toe)
Toiletries (at a minimum, toothbrush, toothpaste!)
Biodegradable soap (i.e. Dr. Bronners or Camp Suds)
Water Bottle (1 Liter capacity)
Duffle Bag to transport clothing and gear
Optional Items
Cowboy Hat
Bandana
Cowboy boots
Sunglasses
Sandals
White shirt for tye dye
Book (good for chill times)
Work Gloves (if camper wants to get involved with ranch projects)
Compass
Medications (if applicable – must check in with Medication Administration Trained Staff)

Please no food (attracts animals) or electronic devices – we aim to provide a special outdoor experience free from screens and electronic games.

Any medications will need to be checked-in with the camp director certified in Medication Administration.

Lodging Package for Parents at The St. Regis Aspen Resort

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The St. Regis Aspen Resort and Ajax Adventure Camp have collaborated to provide lodging packages for Ajax Adventure Camp Parents.

30% Discounts at The St. Regis Aspen Resort Apply to All Ajax Adventure Camp Parents


Why Collaborate with The St. Regis Aspen Resort? – They put it best:

“While your child is… you could be…

Dreaming in a sleeping bag – nestled in a custom-made leather sleigh bed by Ralph Lauren.

Breakfast in a fun camp dining hall – breakfast on 400 thread count linens.

Swimming in the pond – sipping a freshly hand-crafted cocktail poolside.

Singing camp songs – relaxing in the Shadow Mountain Lounge sipping on fine wine and spirits while listening to live music.

Hiking boots mode of transportation from activity to activity – Lexus house car from dinner to the theater.

Bathing in an outdoor shower under the stars – soaking in a tub and enjoying the view of the mountains.

Performing skits around the campfire – reminiscing the day by the outdoor fire pit.

While your child is at summer camp…You could be luxuriating at The St. Regis Aspen Resort.

The address is legendary and ideally located at the base of Aspen Mountain, and within steps from world renowned shopping, dining, art and entertainment, as well as provides the perfect environment for superb summer sports.

The luxurious services and amenities surpass guest expectations from Remède Spa to our outdoor heated pool and hot tubs. End the day with our champagne sabering ritual then dinner in Chefs Club, a contemporary American Cuisine. Finish the evening with a nightcap in our Shadow Mountain Lounge by the crackling fire with live music by local musicians.

Guest Rooms are outfitted with custom furnishings including a leather bed and desk designed by Ralph Lauren with warm grey and beige tones. Exquisite marble bathrooms offer lush bathrobes, full-sized stand-alone bath tubes, and Remède bath amenities. As a suite guest, allow our Butler Service to create lasting and timeless memories from packing and unpacking service to morning hot tea and coffee service. St. Regis Butlers are a legacy that you will cherish for a lifetime.”

While your kids will be sleeping in Tipis and experiencing the magic of summer camp, you can have your own vacation, albeit yours may be a bit more luxurious.  We’re ok with that.

Terms and conditions:

  • 30% discount from preferred rates, based on availability.
  • Names and dates will be verified with Ajax Adventure Camp.
  • Reservation requests can be sent to eric.boyden@stregis.com